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Campaign `72 / Demo. National Convention; McGovern; Demo. Vice President #465023

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 12, 1972
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(Studio) Democratic national convention runs until 6:00 a.m. EDT. longest session in history (11 hrs.). It produced platform to McGovern's liking. McGovern, in effort to broaden base of support, meets with 5 South govs. Representative Wilbur Mills drops out of race but is available for Vice President McGovern has more delegates than he needs for 1st ballot victory. Some McGovern delegates angered with recent statement on Vietnam, and that his agents argued against putting a pro-abortion plank in platform.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Miami Beach, Florida) Senator George McGovern stays in Doral Hotel room., meets a few people, receives red, white, and blue donkey to be given to his grandchildren Matthew and Timothy. Works on acceptance speech. Has breakfast meeting with group of govs. to discuss Vice President possibilities. [WI Governor Patrick LUCEY - says govs. and Senator McGovern feel Senator Edward Kennedy would be great asset to ticket.] After nomination, McGovern will call Kennedy. Kennedy said strongest Vice President running mate. Other possibilities include: Florida Governor Reubin Askew, UAW (United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) President Leonard Woodcock, and Senator Abraham Ribicoff.
REPORTER: Jack Perkins

(Studio) Senator Edward Kennedy is most popular choice for Vice President
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Hyannis Port, Massachusetts) [KENNEDY - says he would refuse a Vice President bid, although flattered by support shown him. Says Democratic party has much diversity but also has remarkable sense of cohesiveness.]
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine

Chancellor, John;
Levine, Irving R.;
Perkins, Jack

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